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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Gramercy (April 12, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517203650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517203651
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #958,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the absolute best cookbooks ever.
Jersey Girl
I use this book so much that it's paper cover is quite worn and torn on the edges and the binding is starting to go.
M. C. Weaver
Easy to follow recipes and wonderful flavors.
Robin A. Thoms

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
For those familiar with Jeff Smith, The Frugal Gourmet, this book should be on your cookbook shelf and used often ! For those not familiar with him, get this book and you will get much of the feel of the TV show. Although we have not seen the TV show in quite some time, and believe it is no longer shown in the United States, it was one of the best cooking shows ever done. This book was the first in the series and out of the three we own, it's our favorite. There are sections on the spices and special tools he uses and the recipes are easy to follow and delicious. We especially like the Pan-fried chicken strips and Barbecue Shrimp, which we just had for dinner and inspired this review. If you doubt me, imagine a pound and a half of shrimp baked in a sauce containing bacon, margarine, dijon mustard, chili powder,garlic, thyme, basil, oregano, freshly ground black pepper, tabasco sauce, and crab boil. Served over plain white rice to soak up that sauce... Mmm Mmm...makes me want to go and make another batch right now ! O.K., you don't like shrimp, how about chicken? Boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into pieces, sauteed in olive oil, green onions, garlic, marsala wine and lemon juice with freshly ground black pepper to top it off. You'll swear there's salt in it, but there isn't. There's lots more in there, so get the book !!!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I have very few cookbooks that I call my favorites and this one is always on the top of the pile. We have moved to China from California and I have found it even more useful here. We go to the free market here to do all our food shopping and the information in this delightful cook book makes our adventures even more enjoyable.
If ever a cook book could make someone want to be creative in a kitchen, this is it.
What can I say. I love it.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Br'erRick on December 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I've been cooking since I was a kid. This was one of the first cookbooks I got for myself as a young adult away from home. Some of the information is outdated, but it remains a good primer for entry level cooks. It's also an interesting timepiece from the time of transition in the U.S. (late 70s early 80s), which, as I like to think of it, was from garlic salt to fresh garlic, if you know what I mean. Took what Julia Child and Alice Waters were contributing and gave us a frugal, direct everyday version of it.

A side note: Jeff Smith passed away last year. Despite the truth or not of the allegations from the men regarding incidents 20 yrs prior as teenagers, Jeff Smith did help contribute a great deal to the overall appreciation of food and its preparation in everyday life.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By blender on March 28, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
With recipes prepared on the popular public TV (PBS) program, The Frugal Gourmet, this cookbook covers a wide variety of styles, tastes, and meals. I started watching the show when I was still in high school, and began trying out these recipes by the time I was in college. I have had great success with every recipe I've tried from this book (such a small book, yet filled with information that would require more than 10 books combined to compile the gems in this one).
The recipes have a little history or story with each one, and are well-laid out. They are easy to follow, and I would assume, look and taste as good as one would expect Jeff's own results would. You can't go wrong with any of these.
Rosemary chicken, Mexican-style pork, Northern Chinese pork, are but a few main dishes that I've done with ease in my own kitchen.
This is not only a great cookbook, but also a wonderful reference for anyone who has a desire to start cooking or learn more about cooking to complement their skills in the kitchen. It is a shame that the TV program no longer airs (but all good things must come to an end).
Enjoy the recipes, and enjoy elevating your skills to gourmet standards!
Peace out.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Patrick W. Crabtree TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 27, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the very best cookbook that The Frug (Jeff Smith) ever published. I've used it for years and the recipes are as solid today as they were when this fine work was published. I place it in the Top 20 of ALL cookbooks that I know of, (and I've owned hundreds -- I recently gave away about 70 because the top of my fridge could no longer bear the load!)

I cook every day, usually from scratch, but prospective buyers should know that ANYONE can make the many fine recipes found in here. Oh, yes, I know that The Frug got into a little trouble late on in his life, and with his career on PBS, but that never affected the quality of his culinary brilliance.

Here's an idea. Just about every library around has this cookbook. Check it out, try a few recipes, and then decide if you want it. I'll bet you end up buying it!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Darlene Payne on July 29, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I started watching Jeff Smith when I was home with my first borne. That was over 15 years ago. I loved the show's and received several of his books as gifts over the years. His are the only cook books that I read like a novel. Not only does Jeff give you receipes but also food origin and history. He presents it in such an intertaining way you almost forget they are cookbooks. I strongly reccomend this book for beginner cooks and know I will be send my children off with a copy when they leave for college.
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